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The silence over Islamic State’s abuse of women

Those who should speak out have not done so

Seve, a 19-year-old Yazidi woman, has vivid memories of the Islamic State fighter who locked her in his house and tried to rape her after she was kidnapped by IS in August. “He told me his name was Zaid,” Seve said, covering part of her face with her headscarf. “He tried to take me by force.” When Seve fought back, he told her: “I will kill you.”

Seve’s story raises the question of what Muslim religious leaders in the United Kingdom, a recruiting ground for IS, could do to  condemn sexual abuse by the extremist group. IS endorsed sexual…

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